When it comes to looking at houses, virtual property tours have become the new ‘normal’, even as restrictions from COVID-19 start to get lifted. And when we look specifically in Whistler, where it isn’t uncommon for buyers to be based elsewhere, virtual tours aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
If you’re looking to buy in Whistler and have arranged a virtual property tour, there are a number of things to consider in order to make the most of the viewing. Here are a few suggestions to help you from all aspects of your online house hunting, from before, during and after your virtual house tour.
Good luck in your search!
Before taking the tour, be sure to familiarize yourself with the property first by reviewing the listing several times. Take notes and write down any questions you may have for the tour, and try to gain an understanding of the layout beforehand. This will help you understand your bearings ahead of time so you can stay focused on other aspects of the house while on tour.
It might feel awkward at first to ask questions on a virtual tour, but make sure you do! Ask for closeups of the details of the property and feel free to dictate the tour. If you’re still not sure about something you can even ask for closeup photos from the agent giving the tour.
Asking questions will help you dive into the details of the listing and get a better feel for the property as you explore each room.
Taking detailed notes will help you not only keep track of any questions you want to ask, but will help you when reviewing all the properties you have toured. These notes will be reminders about your likes and dislikes, as well as any concerns you may have.
It’s important to remember that while a virtual property tour should be there to help you as a buyer, it is still a selling tool and there are a number of aspects that may not be conveyed as they would in person.
Consider things like your senses and the personality of the property. Light, views, smells and noise are all important aspects that cannot be captured in video. In addition, the general flow and feel of a property can be hard to understand, so just be aware as you’re reviewing the listing.
The best way to gain a thorough understanding of the property is to take multiple tours. Use your notes from previous viewings to refer back to areas you want to explore again and let the agent know if you want to just have a partial tour of one area.
Buying a home is a huge decision and it’s important to take your time and remember you are ultimately in control of the decision.
For more information on buying a property in Whistler get in touch with one of our local agents.